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Shorts 7: Illuminating Gazes (Black Perspectives)

  Various

  Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States     100 minutes

Synopsis

This suite of shorts offers nuanced approaches to storytelling, delving into self-discovery, cultural legacies, and the creation of safe spaces.

On her way to school one morning, Billie unexpectedly finds a new friend in Artistic (U.S.). In Babybangz (U.K./U.S.), a New Orleans hair salon becomes a place for communal reflection. An aspiring writer works to finalize a story for Pride (U.S.), a school newspaper in 1980s Charlottesville, focusing on issues affecting Black students. In The Future Isn’t What it Used to Be (U.K.), climate change has ravaged the Earth as a desperate nomad searches for solace. Boundaries dissolve between church, theater, faith in Rehearsal (Nigeria). Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma (U.S.) offers a view into the Black identity through twenty-six vignettes representing the letters of the alphabet.

Featuring works by Nina Lee, Juliana Kasumu, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Adeyemi Michael, Michael Omonua, Topaz Jones, and rubberband.

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Fri, Oct 22 @ 7:00pm CDT

at Parkway Ballroom

Special Guests*: Director Nina Lee (Artistic), Directors Topaz Jones and rubberband (Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma)
*Subject to change

In-Theater Screening

Sat, Oct 23 @ 12:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Special Guests*: Director Nina Lee (Artistic), Directors Topaz Jones and rubberband (Don't Go Tellin' Your Momma)
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the United States.

Sponsors

Green Screen Program Sponsor (“The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be”)

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